Inspiring And Enabling People
To Make A Difference
Before I share your No.4 Time Challenge, I just wanted to say a quick thank you for all of your personal messages and wishes. The launch of the new book went really well yesterday and it’s great to see orders flying in from all parts of the world. Mastering Time is a real digest of all the tools, techniques and strategies that work in terms of your personal effectiveness and then a bit more, so I’m really excited to be sharing it finally.
So, the number 4 challenge that our survey of over 1000 respondents revealed was…
Of all the areas of personal effectiveness that people beat themselves up about, prioritising is the worst. The typical refrain I hear in our workshops is “How do you prioritise when everything is urgent and everything is important?” Unfortunately, prioritising is the one area that traditional time management systems tend to over-complicate. I have read some systems that want you to work with 5 priority levels and even the market leading system, Covey’s Urgent and Important matrix leaves many perplexed as they soon forget what a Priority 2 is (is it urgent and not important or not urgent and important?) The net result, everything is chalked up as a Priority 1!
In 2002 I discovered a simple system that was revolutionising the effectiveness of senior execs across London. The inventor shared it with me and immediately I knew why it worked. I began sharing it with my clients and all of them loved it because it was so intuitive.
If you are clear on your goals for the day, the week or the year, then your priorities should fall out like this:
Priority 1 – Anything directly contributing to your goals
Priority 2 – Anything indirectly contributing to your goals
Priority 3 – Everything else
Sounds simple I know, but, trust me, I’m a doctor and it works!
See you tomorrow for No.3.
Have a great day,